Ex-Detroit council president gets prison in sex case

In this April 12, 2011 file photo is former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh during meeting in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
In this April 12, 2011 file photo is former Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh during meeting in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The former president of the Detroit City Council has been sentenced to at least 5 1/2 years in prison for having sex with a teenage boy.

Charles Pugh apologized Wednesday to the victim, who was under 16 when they illegally engaged in sex acts in 2003 and 2004. Pugh was a TV journalist at the time.

Pugh also told Judge Thomas Cameron that he was “young and stupid” while making a lot of money and enjoying the attention of WJBK-TV viewers.

Pugh will be eligible for parole after 5 1/2 years. His maximum time in prison is 15 years.

He was elected city council president in 2009 as Detroit’s top vote-getter. He suddenly quit in 2013 and mysteriously left for New York as allegations surfaced about sexual misconduct.